Children's Minister details her exact position on repealing the 8th Amendment

The Children's Minister, Katherine Zappone, says abortion without restriction should be available up to the 12th week of a pregnancy.

In a speech to be given this evening, Ms Zappone will say women should not have to justify their decision to anyone.

It has been known that the Minister is in favour of repealing the 8th Amendment, but in a speech due to be given in Dublin City University she goes into more detail.

Ms Zappone says the 8th Amendment should be repealed and not replaced with any other text in the Constitution

She wants to decriminalise abortion and says a termination should be available on request up to the 12th week of a pregnancy

She goes further to say that, while she sees some argument in limiting abortion after the 12th week, it should not just be in extreme cases of risk to life, fatal foetal abnormality or rape.

Ms Zappone argues those terms would help almost none of the women in Ireland who seek abortions.

In her speech, the Minister says it is time to repeal the 8th Amendment and to reclaim women's bodies from the State.

Related Articles

Readers Blog: Dublin City Councillors welcome 8th committee vote

Minister Eoghan Murphy supports Eighth Amendment reforms

Taoiseach: My position on abortion 'has evolved over time'

Pro-life TDs quit Eighth Amendment committee in protest

More in this Section

Teacher dismissed due to allegations by students can continue to look for teaching jobs, court rules

Jury retires for weekend after failing to reach verdict in Dublin stairwell stabbing murder trial

Taoiseach: My position on abortion 'has evolved over time'

Teen on last chance to avoid another spell in custody after youths cause €6,000 worth of damage at Oberstown

Today's Stories

‘Electrical appliances a fire risk when you’re out of house’, says senior fireman

Defilement left vulnerable teenager ‘in a very dark place’

Minister Eoghan Murphy supports Eighth Amendment reforms

Protest over guesthouse use as asylum centre


Review: N.E.R.D - No One Ever Really Dies: Their finest album to date

Everyone's mad at Google - Sundar Pichai has to fix it

Scenes from the analogue city - Memories of Limerick from the late 80s and early 90s

Ask Audrey: 'I heard that Viagra fumes from Pfizer’s were causing stiffys below in Ringaskiddy'

More From The Irish Examiner